Op-Ed

A baby of color lays down in a onesie, and plays with a DNA strand floating above.

If you had the option, would you use genetic engineering to choose certain traits for your children? But beyond picking eye color, intelligence and height, proponents believe gene-targeting techniques could help reduce diseases. Critics, however, fear this could lead to larger social divisions within humanity and carry various ethical and moral implications. So, should parents be allowed to choose for their children if it’s to better their lives?

In this episode of The Stream, we speak to:

Nita Farahany @lawandbio
Professor of Law & Philosophy, Duke University
lawandbiodigest.com

Julian Savulescu @juliansavulescu
Director, Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics
www.practicalethics.ox.ac.uk

Stuart Newman @sanewman1
Professor of Cell Biology and Anatomy, New York Medical College

Marcy Darnovsky @C_G_S
Executive Director, Center for Genetics and Society
geneticsandsociety.org